[German Version] The book of Hystaspes. Early Christian literature (Just.
1 Apol. 20.44; Clement of Alexandria,
Stromata, 4.5, 43; esp. Lact.
Inst. 7.15–21, 24) cites an ¶ apocalyptic work under this name of an old Persian ruler (Avestic Vištāspa), in the theosophy of Aristokritos (5th cent.) with the title
Sayings (chrḗseis) of Hystaspes, King of the Persians. In the context of a dream interpretation, it describes the fall of a western power (Rome) with eschatological images (fire, chaos, judgment), from which the “Great King” sent by Jupiter delive…